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August 15, 2005
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Hackney Crowned No. 1 Angler
In World For 2005 Bass Fishing Season
- Fellow Pros Give Him Standing O -
FT. WORTH, Texas -- Greg Hackney, the Louisiana phenom who has taken the professional bass fishing world by storm the last few years, is the No. 1 angler in the State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings after the 2005 season. Last night at the Cabela's Top Gun Championship here, he was awarded the State Farm No. 1 in the World trophy and $7,500 State Farm No. 1 Bonus. He received a standing ovation from his fellow competitors and the crowd.
Hackney is only the second angler to be No. 1 in the world since the rankings debuted. The State Farm World Rankings are the only statistical rankings of professional bass fishermen, and Kevin VanDam, this year's Bassmaster Classic winner, had been No. 1 at the end of the season for the prior three years.
But Hackney displaced him this year. The State Farm World Rankings use a rolling two years of tournament finishes, and Hackney has been on a tear for the last two years. He finished second in the point races on both major tours -- the Bassmaster and FLW tours -- in 2004, and this year won the FLW Tour's Angler of the Year award (first in the points) and was fifth in the Bassmaster Tour points.
Simply put, no one has come close to fishing as good as he has. He winds up the year No. 1 in the world by a huge double-digit points margin, and is the odds-on favorite to end up No. 1 in the world again after 2006.
"When I started the season I never dreamed I'd be No. 1 when the year finished," he said. "It's awesome do be in this position, especially since it will be another six months before anyone has a chance at me."
On the trophy and the bonus, he said, "My biggest goal when I came (to the Cabela's Top Gun Championship) was to leave with that. When you're in that position, it's not everyone else's to win. It's yours to lose. But after I caught them on day one, I pretty much knew I had it."
The State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings are the official world rankings of professional bass fishing, and are calculated using a formula that incorporates finish data from both major tours (the Bassmaster and FLW tours) and their two championships. The rankings use a rolling two years of tournament data, and are recalculated after each tournament.
About the event:
The Cabela's Top Gun Championship takes the 25 top-ranked professional bass fishermen in the world, regardless of which tour or tours they fish, and puts them on the same body of water. The anglers are the best in the world according to the State Farm World Rankings, which rankings anglers who fish either or both of the pro fishing tours: the Bassmaster Tour and the FLW Tour.
The event is title-sponsored by outdoor outfitter Cabela's (www.cabelas.com), and is presented by Skeeter Boats (www.skeeterboats.com), the Outdoor Life Network (www.olntv.com) and BassFan (www.bassfan.com). Supporting sponsors include State Farm Insurance (www.statefarm.com), Mann's HardNose Baits (www.mannsbait.com), Bagley Bait Co. (www.bagleybait.com), Lowrance Electronics (www.lowrance.com), Oakley sunglasses (www.oakley.com) and Tru-Tungsten (www.tru-tungsten.com).
The Cabela's Top Gun Championship telecast will air Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:00 a.m. EST on the Outdoor Life Network. Additional coverage of the event will appear on FOX Sports and OLN (Americana Outdoors and Fishing and Hunting Texas). Full 24/7 coverage is on BassFan.com.